For residents of the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton) Tennessee, vaginal rejuvenation is a lesser discussed, yet helpful treatment for many women living with discomfort, pain or in need of aesthetic or functional improvement.
Our Bodies Change Over Time – and that’s ok
It’s a perfectly natural process for a woman’s body to change over time. Whether from aging, childbirth or other factors, these changes can be both unsightly as well as uncomfortable, and in some cases even painful.
Luckily, modern medicine and the advent of vaginal cosmetic procedures have made it possible for women just like you to roll back the sands of time and rejuvenate their vaginas, brining them back to their former look and feel.
Surgical and Non-Surgical Options for Tri-Cities residents of: Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton
These procedures, both surgical and non-surgical are known collectively as “Vaginal Rejuvenation” procedures, and provide women with a way to improve their self-esteem, enhance their sexual satisfaction and comfortability, and alleviate pain and discomfort.
Potential Benefits for Tri-Cities, TN residents
While benefits of the different types of procedures vary slightly, they most effectively address the dual purpose of tightening the vaginal canal and reshaping the outer vulva.
Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant
If you’re considering vaginal rejuvenation procedures, read on to learn more about the top five questions you should ask your medical practitioner prior to the procedure.
Question 1: Am I A Good Candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Thanks to recent advances in vaginal rejuvenation technology, the majority of women are good candidates for a procedure of some type, though more risks and greater recovery time are associated with those procedures which are more invasive.
However, not everyone is a good fit, and you’ll want to consult with your vaginal rejuvenation surgeon to find out for sure. For example, while non-surgical procedures are generally considered an option for a wider range of women, those women with “a pacemaker or an automatic implantable cardioverty/defibrillator (AICD)” are less likely to be candidates.
Each case is different, and the risks and benefits of each type of procedure should be discussed with your vaginal rejuvenation consultant and your plastic surgeon. The degree of vaginal laxity plays a large part in deciding whether or not to take a surgical route for many women. Those women with only a minor degree of vaginal laxity can expect the desired results from a non-surgical procedure, such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation or laser vaginal rejuvenation.
Question 2: How Long Will Recovery Take?
Non-surgical procedures such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation, sometimes known by brand names such as Geneveve, or laser vaginal rejuvenation, typically require minimal downtime after the procedure, while surgical options may require 2-5 days of downtime.
Women who suspect they may need a more invasive procedure, such as surgery, should plan ahead to take time off work or arrange for childcare well in advance of the procedure. Those women who follow a healthy diet and exercise plan and generally follow a healthy lifestyle will commonly experience shorter and easier recovery periods.
Your plastic surgeon will be able to recommend any lifestyle changes which might make the recovery process easier.
Question 3: What is the Process for the Procedure?
The process for a surgical procedure, such as a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, will be somewhat different than a non-surgical procedure such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation or laser vaginal rejuvenation, due to the more invasive process of a surgery.
Most surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures can be performed in under an hour in the operating room, according to Real Self of Seattle, but will require advance preparation at the hospital and some recovery time at the hospital afterward before returning home to bedrest.
Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation requires almost no advance prep, and no recovery time in the office after the 30-minute procedure is finished. However, your vaginal rejuvenation consultant and your plastic surgeon will be able to explain the process in detail prior to the start of the procedure and help quell any anxiety you might be feeling.
Question 4: What Risks Should I Be Aware Of?
While scientific advances in vaginal rejuvenation procedures have made both surgical and non-surgical procedures safer and easier than ever, any medical procedure does carry some risk.
That said, there is typically very little downtime for these procedures, ranging from no more than 2-5 days for surgical options, and none at all for non-surgical procedures. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the specific risks to be aware of in your unique case, allowing you to make an informed choice of vaginal rejuvenation procedure.
Question 5: What Results Will I See?
Results are generally positive, but will vary depending on your unique situation, symptoms, and body. In the majority of cases women can expect benefits such as:
- Increased self-confidence and an improved self-image
- Greater sexual drive and satisfaction
- Improved vaginal laxity following pregnancy, childbirth, aging, or other causes
Most women will begin to see results from a surgical procedure once healing and any associated swelling or light bruising has diminished. While some non-surgical procedures get better over time, with full benefits being realized within 2-3 months post-procedure. Your plastic surgeon will be able to describe the timeline for full benefits to reveal themselves based on your individual procedure.
Advances in vaginal rejuvenation procedures have made it possible for women of all ages and in all stages of life to regain the youthful vaginal area they desire. Thanks to a range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, a vaginal rejuvenation option exists for almost every woman’s circumstances and preferences.
If you’re ready to learn more about the procedures and are interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate, contact Jim Brantner, M.D., your local Tri-Cities plastic and reconstructive surgery professional. His friendly team is ready to help.